Shakespeare And The American Nation by Kim C. SturgessShakespeare And The American Nation by Kim C. Sturgess

Shakespeare And The American Nation

byKim C. Sturgess

Paperback | May 31, 2007

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This book documents America's relationship with Shakespeare. It relates how and why Shakespeare became a hero of American popular culture and its first media superstar. Why do so many Americans celebrate Shakespeare, a long-dead English poet and playwright? America had already chosen to reject the British monarchy and Parliament, class structure and traditions, by the nineteenth century. Yet its citizens still consider William Shakespeare a naturalized American hero. In fact, the largest group of visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside currently comes from America.
Kim C. Sturgess has studied in America and currently teaches Shakespeare and comparative literature courses at American universities in London.
Title:Shakespeare And The American NationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:May 31, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521035767

ISBN - 13:9780521035767

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Prologue; Introduction; Part I. The Paradox: 1. Manifest consumption of Shakespeare; 2. America: a proudly anti-English 'idea'; Part II. The Appropriation: 3. Beginning the appropriation of Shakespeare and the 'First American Edition' of his works; 4. Jacksonian energy - Shakespearean imagery; 5. Context for appropriation in nineteenth-century America; 6. The American heroic and ownership of Shakespeare; 7. Shakespeare as a fulcrum for American literature; 8. The American Scholar and the authorship controversy; 9. Last scenes in the final act of appropriation; Epilogue; Appendix I; Appendix II; Bibliography; Index.

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